French Catalan cellist Marie Bitlloch is a member of the acclaimed Elias String Quartet, who perform extensively in the UK, Europe, US and Australia. Marie studied at Perpignan Conservatoire, Paris Conservatoire and RNCM in Manchester, with Michel Lefort, Philippe Muller and Ralph Kirshbaum. She won numerous prizes including second prize at the Adam competition in New Zealand, jury’s prize at the Bach Competition in Leipzig, the Muriel Taylor Scholarship, and an incentive grant at the Pierre Fournier award. For three years she was a laureate of the Natexis Foundation, Banque Populaire, who helped her with her musical projects. Marie is one of the artistic directors at the Festival & Rencontres de Musique de Chambre du Larzac. She plays on an anonymous eighteen century Italian cello.